The Early Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Early Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Early surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Early ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Early Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Early family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do you find out if two people named Early are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Early Ancestors

Early Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Early records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my Early research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Early

Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently count of matching Early records matching Early records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Early family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Early Surname

While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Early surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

Early DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Early ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Early research, read "When do you use DNA?".

Early Family History

There is more to exploring your Early ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Early family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Early Researchers

If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Early queries.

You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Early ancestors.

Early Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Early was the 1994th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Early Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Early, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.

Upcoming Early Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Early family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Early reunion.

See Also

Earli   Earley   Earla   Earl  

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Surname Finder, The Early Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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